TALLINN, Estonia - US President Bush intensified diplomatic efforts on Monday
to quell rising violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, turning to allies as his
national security adviser said the conflict in Iraq had entered "a new phase"
"Obviously everyone would agree things are not proceeding well enough or fast
enough," National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters aboard Air
Force One as Bush flew eastward.
The president was
spending Monday night in this tiny Baltic nation ahead of a two-day NATO summit
in Riga, Latvia, expected to deal with deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan,
where NATO has 32,000 troops.
US President George W. Bush waves
upon his arrival at Tallinn Ulemiste Airport, Monday, Nov. 27, 2006 in
Tallinn, Estonia. George W. Bush became the first U.S. president to visit
Estonia when he arrived in the Baltic nation late Monday on a brief
stopover seen as a token of American gratitude for the tiny ally's
unwavering support in the war on terror. [AP]
Both Estonia and Latvia are former Soviet republics that are strong allies in
the war on terror.
Bush will head to Amman, Jordan, for talks Wednesday and Thursday with Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and King Abdullah of Jordan.
From Air Force One, the president spoke to the leaders of
France and Egypt.
Addressing the upcoming meetings with al-Maliki, Hadley
said, "We're clearly in a new phase characterized by an increase in sectarian
violence that requires us to adapt to that new phase."